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PostPosted: 14 Apr 2008, 15:55 

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I want to know your opinions of marine grade plywood decks compared to aluminum decks. I understand that even marine grade plywood can go bad and flimsy if not taken care of. If a boat with marine grade decks is kept covered when not in use and not taken out in the rain all the time, will they last 10yrs or so? One of the boats i have been looking at is a really widely known name brand (Alumacraft) for good built boats but they use marine grade plywood in the decks where some of the not so known brands use aluminum decks. What are your thoughts on marine grade plywood if it is covered and taken care of.


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If yo0u cover the boat and take care of the decking it shoudl last even longer then 10 years. The advantage to the plywood is that you can easily replace / modify it!



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Are you a metal worker? Can you weld aluminum?

I know I can't I'd rather have plywood. As long as you take care of it it will last plenty long enough for you to want to change the layout of the decks.


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Wow! I didnt know that many people did deck modifications to their boats. Well i have always heard that marine grade plywood was some pretty tough stuff but the stories i heard about it, werent used on boat decks. I used to work at Home Depot and we would have people coming in the store asking for it and stating that it would virtually last forever.


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Wow! I didnt know that many people did deck modifications to their boats.



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I highly doubt marine plywood would last forever. After all it is wood ya know. But if you kept it covered, you shouldnt have a problem with it. The problems and repairs I have done on boat floors with wood comes when the manufacture glasses over the top, most of the time with chop glass and poly resin. Unfortunately poly and wood don't get along that well. All it takes is a hole somewhere for water to enter and then it is trapped. Trapped water in wood = ROT. Bad for the boat and it is no easy fix mind you. Not sure how
Alumacraft seals their wood but like said before if you can keep it dry for the most part you should be good. Aluminum decking doesn't ever rot and weighs less but is more expensive. There is only one boat manufacture that I know of that has an ALL aluminum boat. Other than your basic jon boats.


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the lowe brand boats say to be all welded all metal boats but thats all i know of


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i think you can get aluminium decking in a G3 , and i know you can get aluminum decking in a war eagle. if you got the dough get the aluminium.



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when i was younger i had skateboard ramps that were untreated, unpainted regular crappy plywood and they lasted almost 5 years of abuse and rain/snow/etc

as long as you take even basic care of your stuff and dont tempt fate id imagine the wood will last just fine
i was paranoid about this too but then one of my friends said its SALT water that is the real enemy here


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2008, 10:27 

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I think i will be able to make the marine wood last. I will keep it covered all the time. I guess Alumacraft knows what they are doing. I hear they have been popular boat builders since the 1950s.


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How do the 2 compare to weight?
I know wood will be easier to work with but if I can go aluminum should I go that route to make it lighter..
I'm looking into decking a 16' Alumacraft jon but will be pushing it with a 9.9hp 4-stroke(restricted lakes) and want to go as light as possible


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Hi all,
First of all I am new to the Board. I have been watching the post for a few days now and have enjoyed reading all of the posts.
My 17' crappie series Triton has an aluminum deck and I like it very well. A friend of mine has a Bass tracker and the deck is in need of replacement. I think that the boat is a late 90's model.

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greenriverman1 wrote:
Hi all,
First of all I am new to the Board. I have been watching the post for a few days now and have enjoyed reading all of the posts.
My 17' crappie series Triton has an aluminum deck and I like it very well. A friend of mine has a Bass tracker and the deck is in need of replacement. I think that the boat is a late 90's model.

DA


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Thanks for joining man! Looking forward to seeing some pics of yours and your buddies boats!



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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say I think for most amatuer boat builders/modifiers like most of us are, plywood would be the material of choice. It is cheaper to buy than plate aluminum and easier to work with. My Father-in-Law just replaced the plywood center console and decking in his boat last year. It was 8 years old. If he gets another 8 years out of the next one he will have still have paid less than half what he would have if he used aluminum. Besides, after 8 years it's time for new carpet anyhow.



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